Bomb survivor relives terror blast

Thursday, 2 November 2017

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RANDALSTOWN man Peadar Heffron has spoken out for the first time about how he was 'shunned' by his own community when he joined the PSNI and how he believes that people he knew set him up for the booby-trap bomb which nearly killed him.
In a hard-hitting interview, Mr Heffron has revealed how he was met with scorn when he decided to join the PSNI in 2002.
He had played Gaelic games for Creggan Kickhams his whole life and at 21 he was the full-back for the Creggan senior footballers and helped them to win the Antrim Intermediate Championship.
At 25 he took the decision to join the new police service, but when he told his team-mates in 2002, he recalled they were 'stunned into silence'.
Mr Heffron has claimed that childhood friends blanked him, he was no longer picked for teams and despite playing as a spare man, no one passed him the ball.
Posters went up in the parish warning young people not to join the PSNI and he claimed that on asking for support from one official, he was told: "I can't son. I can't do that."
Another official approached him to say that he was putting the club in a 'very awkward position', but Mr Heffron decided to quit his beloved sport when four local republican activists approached him.
In January 2010, just four months after he married, a booby-trap under-car device exploded as he drove from his home on Milltown Road to work at Grosvenor Road police station in Belfast. His life would never be the same again.
* Read the full shocking story in this week's Antrim Guardian.


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